Virtual Lobby Day Today: Help MassBike Protect Federal Funding For Bicycling

Read on for information on how you can be part of our Virtual Lobby Day.

On Thursday, March 22nd, while we are visiting Congress in person, we need you to call your own U.S. Representative and both Senators and ask them to save federal funding for bicycling. All of our Representatives and Senators strongly support bicycling, but we need them to stand firm and help convince others in Congress!

Earlier this week, we updated you on the situation in Congress. Now it appears that the House and Senate are trying to agree on a three-month extension of transportation funding before the March 31 deadline. This will maintain funding at current levels and give Congress more time to agree on an acceptable transportation bill. But the extension must be “clean” (without any changes to current policies or funding).

Here is what we need to do do when you call:

Representatives:

  • Thank your Representative for his or her past support of bicycling. If your Representative is Michael Capuano, specifically thank him for voting in favor of the Petri Amendment (pronounced “pea-try”) in the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.
  • Tell your Representative what cycling means to you, your family, or your business – your personal story matters!
  • Ask your Representative to do two things: (1) support a clean extension of transportation funding, and (2) support the Petri Amendment when it is introduced again in the full House.

Senators:

  • Thank both Senators for their past support of bicycling, and specifically for co-sponsoring the Cardin-Cochran Amendment that was included in the Senate Transportation Bill.
  • Tell both Senators what cycling means to you, your family, or your business – your personal story matters!
  • Ask both Senators to do two things: (1) support a clean extension of transportation funding, and (2) oppose any attack on Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, and Recreational Trails.

Here are the phone numbers for all the U.S. Representatives for Massachusetts:

District Rep Name Office Number
1 Rep. Olver, John 202-225-5335
2 Rep. Neal, Richard 202-225-5601
3 Rep. McGovern, James 202-225-6101
4 Rep. Frank, Barney 202-225-5931
5 Rep. Tsongas, Niki 202-225-3411
6 Rep. Tierney, John 202-225-8020
7 Rep. Markey, Edward 202-225-2836
8 Rep. Capuano, Michael 202-225-5111
9 Rep. Lynch, Stephen 202-225-8273
10 Rep. Keating, William 202-225-3111

Don’t know who your U.S. Representative is? Click here and enter your address to find out.

And our two U.S. Senators:

Senator Name Office Number
Senator Kerry, John 202-224-2742
Senator Brown, Scott 202-224-4543

Please don’t forget to call on Thursday, March 22nd, to be part of MassBike’s National Bike Summit Virtual Lobby Day. And then send an email to action@massbike.org to let us know you called.

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3 Responses to Virtual Lobby Day Today: Help MassBike Protect Federal Funding For Bicycling

  1. Jason March 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    Just called my Congressman for the first time. :D

  2. Friends of the Community Path March 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    Please post email addressed for Reps and Senators, too, next to their phone #s. It is hard to get through to some of them by phone. For instance, Sen. Scott Brown has waiting time today. Easier to email sometimes, than call.

    Thanks for you great work.

    • Price March 26, 2012 at 10:30 am #

      Thanks for your interest in participating in the virtual lobby day! Apologies for not getting to you sooner, I was in DC all week for the National Bike Summit. The reason we didn’t post electronic contact information was because we made a strategic decision to have the phones ringing off the hook the same day that we were in to promote biking. We’ve gotten a lot of comments on this though, so we’ll look into what other organizations do and the pros and cons of having people email in addition or instead for next year. Thanks for your interest and support!